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15 Facts About Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

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It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state's second-largest city of Lexington.

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Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

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Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France, making Louisville one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains.

George Rogers Clark was a surveyor, soldier, and militia officer from Virginia who became the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War.

Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, also known as Louis Capet, was King of France from 1774 until his deposition in 1792, although his formal title after 1791 was King of the French.

The Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern North America.

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Sited beside the Falls of the Ohio, the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio River and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site.

The Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area is a national, bi-state area on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky in the United States, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Ohio River, which streams westward from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, is the largest tributary, by volume, of the Mississippi River in the United States.

Portage or portaging is the practice of carrying water craft or cargo over land, either around an obstacle in a river, or between two bodies of water.

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It was the founding city of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which grew into a 6,000-mile system across 13 states.

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, commonly called the L&N, was a Class I railroad that operated freight and passenger services in the southeast United States.

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Today, the city is known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the University of Louisville and its Louisville Cardinals athletic teams, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and three of Kentucky's six Fortune 500 companies.

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

Hillerich & Bradsby Company is a company located in Louisville, Kentucky that produces the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

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Its main airport is also the site of United Parcel Service's worldwide air hub.

United Parcel Service, Inc. is the world's largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions.

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Since 2003, Louisville's borders have been the same as those of Jefferson County because of a city-county merger.

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The official name of this consolidated city-county government is the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, abbreviated to Louisville Metro.

Mergers and acquisitions are transactions in which the ownership of companies, other business organizations or their operating units are transferred or combined.

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Despite the merger and renaming, the term "Jefferson County" continues to be used in some contexts in reference to Louisville Metro, particularly including the incorporated cities outside the "balance" which make up Louisville proper.

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The city's total consolidated population as of the 2014 census estimate was 760,026.

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However, the balance total of 612,780 excludes other incorporated places and semiautonomous towns within the county and is the population listed in most sources and national rankings.

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The Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes also referred to as Kentuckiana, includes Louisville-Jefferson County and 12 surrounding counties, seven in Kentucky and five in Southern Indiana.

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America.

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As of 2014, the MSA had a population of 1,269,702, ranking 43rd nationally.

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